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Mike Leslie joining Gannett8 sports staff


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Dallas-based Gannett8 has hired Mike Leslie to fill the sports department vacancy left by 37-year veteran George Riba.

News director Carolyn Mungo confirmed Tuesday that Leslie started this week. According to his biography, he spent a few months at Charlotte, NC-based ESPN 730 radio after earlier working for a bit over a year as a sports anchor/reporter at the Fox46 TV station in Charlotte.

Before that, Leslie was based in Massachusetts, spending three years at Springfield’s WGGB-TV and then four months with Boston’s WHDH-TV as a freelance sports guy. He also has done play by play of high school sports for MSG Varsity, owned by the Madison Square Garden Company.

The newcomer primarily will work as a reporter while occasionally filling in as an anchor, as did Riba. Leslie earlier anchored while at WGGB.

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